For centuries, The Cape of Storms has intrigued seafarers, explorers, cartographers, and the like, who braved our shores in the hope of discovering new lands and other treasures. Our coastline continues to fascinate, with young and old, visitors and tourists seeking new (and exciting) ways to explore the waters that surround our magnificent Mother City.
Hopping aboard a yacht is all very civilised, surfing is quite site-specific, swimming is tiring! But have you heard of water bikes? These fabulous water cycles have come to the Mother City and are making quite a splash!
What exactly is water-biking?
It’s a unique ocean activity, and one of the most exciting and fun ways to experience the ocean – particularly in the Simon’s Town area, which is known for its rich marine life and spectacular views of Table Mountain.
Water bikes are silent, and do not emit any emissions, as they do not require fuel, allowing riders to explore safely and quietly, without leaving an environmental footprint.
After departing from Cape Town Water Bikes’ launching facility at the Simon’s Town pier, you’ll meander past the yacht basin and naval base into the open ocean. Then, you’ll ride along a scenic stretch of coastline, towards the world-famous African penguin and seal colony at Boulders Beach. Given the close proximity that the water bikes allow, you’ll get to experience the penguins in their natural habitat.
You might also be lucky enough to meet playful Cape fur seals, whales during season, and various sea birds along the way.
The two-hour option is an early-morning tour, but if you’d prefer to explore the ocean at a more relaxed pace, go for the one-hour tour! Both tours are enriched by a knowledgeable crew on a nearby guide boat.
Good to know
- The two-hour tour starts at 8am during summer (1 November – 30 April 2020), 9am in winter (1 May – 31 October 2020).
- Times for the one-hour tour are 10.30am; 12pm; 1.30pm.
- Please contact Cape Town Water Bikes by 4pm the day before your scheduled tour to make sure they have your correct contact number and country dialing code.
- Bring a change of clothes.
- Before your tour starts you’ll be given a safety radio, buoyancy aid and bottled water.
- You must be 13 years or older to enjoy the water bikes, and teens must be accompanied by an adult. There is also a minimum height requirement of five feet (one and a half metres) so that the pedals can be reached safely.